Baidu unveils Raven H smart speaker


Chinese technology firm Baidu has unveiled a new smart speaker, which will make its debut in its homeland this December.

It’s called Raven H, and is the first product to be launched under Baidu’s umbrella by Raven Tech, a smart-home hardware startup that the company bought in February this year.

The equivalent of Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant in this case is DuerOS, which Baidu launched earlier this year as a voice-controlled AI assistant designed to run across a range of gadgets.

Baidu also worked with Swedish consumer-electronics firm Teenage Engineering and Danish high-end audio firm Tymphany on the Raven H, with the device tuned for playing music as much as searching the web (Baidu’s most famous role for users) and accessing other services.

The Raven H will be competing with smart speakers from rival tech giants Alibaba – which showed off its Tmail Genie in July – and Tencent, which is also thought to be working on its own digital assistant.

Stuart Dredge

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